As a 2-time cancer survivor of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma I found finding the right wig made me more comfortable going about daily life. I wasn’t much of a scarf or turban girl even though I owned several of each. I will never forget that morning when clumps of hair fell out in handfuls as I showered. When I slept, hair would come out on the pillow. I lint rolled my bed and head to try to keep away the reminder that I would soon have no hair. To conquer the fear, I built an army of blonde wig heads shortly after shaving my head.
I started out with synthetic hair since it was cheaper. I picked out a short style but found that since the back of my neck showed, the hairline did not look natural because when I changed position so did the wig. So I decided to try a long hair wig. This time I had a problem with the itchiness and heat it produced. Even with a “gel band” a strip of squishy silicone that had Velcro at the hairline and a wig cap, I was still uncomfortable.
A funny story I like to tell is driving with my synthetic wig. As it got hot and itchy I liked to take it off and throw it in the passenger seat. One day as I was driving, a mailman was walking on the sidewalk and saw me take my wig off. The look on his face was priceless as he did a double take. He had no idea what happened.
The benefits of a synthetic wig is when you wash it, it will keep the original style and shape. For curly hair this might be best. I wore a curly wig to my prom and dropped it off at a hair salon for them to add some sparkly hairpins. A huge disadvantage to a synthetic wig is you cannot style it with a curling iron or straighten it; the synthetic “plastic” will melt. Also the cap is not exactly fitted to the shape of your head so you my need double sticky back wig tape to keep it in place.
All these discoveries lead me to get fitted for a human hair wig. I feel in love with it right away. The cap breathed better and was not as hot as my synthetic wig, even though my synthetic had a monofilament “super breathable” cap. I could style my human hair wig on the wig head. The hair was beautiful and soft and I finally felt secure with my wig. I knew it wouldn’t fall off.
The best way to make sure your new hair looks real is to break it up in someway, either with headbands, bows or hair clips. Some girls even cut bangs so you can’t see the hairline. The hairline is the give away. There are many styles to order or cut that look natural such as layers or side bangs or a face frame.
Going through treatment is hard enough but loosing your hair can be even worse for some people. Not all people feel comfortable wearing wigs. Some people like a hat or just going out with no hair. Find something that makes you comfortable.